Staff & Board

Staff

Danni Askini

Danni Askini

Co-Executive Director of National Programs

she/they

Danni@GenderJusticeLeague.org

Kai Aprill-Tomlin

Kai Aprill-Tomlin

Communications & Membership Development Manager

he/him

Kai@GenderJusticeLeague.org

GANESHA GOLD BUFFALO

GANESHA GOLD BUFFALO

SafeHouse Advocate

she/her

Ganesha@GenderJusticeLeague.org

LAZA MAGDALENE

LAZA MAGDALENE

Programs Associate

they/she

Laza@GenderJusticeLeague.org

SHARLOTTE

SHARLOTTE

Development Associate

she/they

Sharlotte@GenderJusticeLeague.org

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Ganesha Gold Buffalo

Ganesha Gold Buffalo (She/her) is a Disabled, Afroindigenous community healer and matriarch, militant anti-imperialist, educator, national organizer, and multidisciplinary performance artist of 11 years—hailing from Tennessee, currently residing in Florida, and operating out of Seattle. She centers radical care and hospitality in everything that she does from the stage, studio, classroom, street, and conference room. Ganesha’s drive stems from an ancestral calling to ignite the people with a hunger for reintegration from displacement and ethnocide, abolition of all colonial and neocolonial systems and systemic abuses, sex worker advocacy, food and land sovereignty, environmental justice, youth protections, by-and-for community security initiatives, and equitable resource building and redistribution via ceremony and ancestral communion.

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Kai Aprill-Tomlin

Kai (he/him) is a social worker, abolitionist, and artist based in Seattle. Kai brings years of experience working directly in community on issues related to housing & houselessness, and queer & trans justice, in addition to systems-level changemaking. He is especially passionate about anti-racist action, transformative justice, community-centered design, and housing first and harm reduction principles. In his free time, Kai enjoys complicating manhood, supporting the local drag and ball scenes, and blaming his problems on the current astrological forecast.

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Danni Askini

Danni has served for over 20 years as an activist, policy expert, and organizer in two-spirit, trans and LGBQIA+ communities across the United States and Europe. As our founding Executive Director, Danni helped lead Gender Justice League in expanding access to transition related healthcare, banning conversion therapy throughout Washington, defeating 6 anti-trans legislative bills, crushing 2 anti-trans ballot measures, launching our mutual-aid project to support survivors of gender-based violence, and successfully producing 7 Trans Pride events in Seattle. In 2018, after being targeted by the Trump Administration, Danni was forced to seek asylum in Sweden, having been denied a passport to return home. Upon returning in 2020, after settling her case through the UN Human Rights Council, Danni relocated to Washington DC to work as a Senior Health Policy Analyst supporting the passage of the HEROES and CARES Acts through Congress. Danni is now based primarily in Washington, DC and splits her time in Seattle where she has deep roots.

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Laza Magdelene

Laza (they/she) is a full-time student and part time GJL employee. In their academic life they are a Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies; Medical Anthropology; and Indigenous Archaeology major researching the barriers to mental healthcare for queer individuals.

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Sophia Lee

Sophia Lee

Sophia Lee (she/her) is a Software Developer at Microsoft by day and a Gender Justice Warrior by night. She has been deeply involved in multiple diversity and inclusion activities at Microsoft and has been also involved in reviving the Transgender Discussion Group at Microsoft. At Gender Justice League she helps leads and directs the Board of Directors as the Board Chair.

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Sept Gernez

Sept Gernez

Sept Gernez (they/them) joined our board in 2020, and is excited to join our staff and volunteers in advocating for gender justice in Washington. Sept works at the Sierra Club, where they organize and advocate for climate justice and lead equity, justice and inclusion initiatives. You can find them at the beach, at a protest, or out dancing the night away!

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Sharlotte

Sharlotte

Sharlotte (she/they) is a trans person that comes from a Filipino immigrant family. She loves independently made art, collects plushies, and strives to support people in being who they truly are. Sharlotte is a WWU honors graduate with a Bachelor’s in Human Services and minor in Sociology. They have past experience in LGBTQ+ resource navigation and event coordination.

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Board

SARAH MORAN

SARAH MORAN

Board President

she/her

SARAH ABSHIRE

SARAH ABSHIRE

Board Treasurer

she/her

BLAIRE SEBREN

BLAIRE SEBREN

Board Member

they/them